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County Executive John R. Leopold Support the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days Kickoff

Annapolis, MD (January 3, 2008) - County Executive John R. Leopold is pleased to announce support for the  American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days Community Kickoff to be held on January 8, 2008, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Anne Arundel Medical Center’s Sajak Pavilion, Rooms 250 A&B, 2002 Medical Parkway,  Annapolis, MD.

For the past 30-years, Daffodil Days has helped raise money to support the fight against cancer. The three-month campaign, held during January, February, and early March, offers daffodils and stuffed bears to donors in appreciation of their contributions. The Daffodil was chosen because it is one of the first flowers of spring, which brings new life, and it is also the American Cancer Society’s symbol of hope for a world where cancer is no longer a life-threatening disease.

“Cancer detection and prevention is especially important in Anne Arundel County, where the rate of disease is higher than the state average and is the leading cause of death.  Early detection saved my life,” said County Executive John R. Leopold. “I made a contribution myself, and I urge county workers and residents to do the same.”

Daffodil Days is coming to Anne Arundel County March 10 - 16, 2008, with deliveries being made in late March to coincide with the beginning of spring. The goal for 2008 is to raise over $100,000, which will exceed last year’s donations.

Donors can make a straight monetary donation, or Gift of Hope, that will provide flower bouquets to Anne Arundel County residents currently suffering from cancer. A pot of bulbs or a bunch of daffodils are available for a $10 donation, while a $25 donor will receive a bunch of daffodils and a Bea R Hope collector’s stuffed bear. 

Dollars raised through Daffodil Days campaigns help fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information and education, advocate for public policies that benefit the community, and provide services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

“Daffodil Days not only increases cancer awareness, but also brings hope to cancer patients around the region,” said Gloria Jetter, Regional Executive Director for the American Cancer Society. “Through donations made for Daffodil Days, the Society will help more than 4,300 cancer patients and their families in Maryland by providing programs and resources at no cost to help them through their journey.”

The American Cancer Society invites everyone to attend the kickoff event and asks for volunteers to help coordinate at work sites, to assist in taking orders, and to pack daffodils during February and March. Volunteers are also needed to man flower sales at local retail sites. 

To attend the kickoff or to volunteer, please contact Laura Widup at the American Cancer Society at (410) 721-4304.


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